James Baldi

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James Kirk Baldi is an accountant and the former owner of Bel Rio who fled the area following a series of fraud allegations and controversies regarding the sudden closure of the restaurant in 2010. [1] In December 2010, Judge Edward Hogshire ruled that Baldi owes over $45,000 to one of his former investors. Baldi is also wanted on two counts of embezzlement from Duraclean, an Albemarle County business for which he provided book-keeping services[1]

Baldi was eventually located in San Francisco and was arrested in January 2013. [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Judge rules against missing Bel Rio owner, Tasha Kates, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 18, 2010, retrieved December 20, 2010.
  2. Web. Baldi declines replacement judge, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 14, 2013, retrieved February 14, 2013.